Angelina Jolie Directs Survival Saga

LOS ANGELES (October 1, 2013)--Angelina Jolie is in Sydney, Australia, to direct the survival saga "Unbroken," which film will tell the true story of Lou Zamperini, a World War II hero and track star who ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Universal Pictures says.

The movie, to be released in December 2014, is based on Laura Hillenbrand's book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption," which chronicles Zamperini's life.

The former Olympian spent a harrowing 47 days afloat in the Pacific Ocean after the crash of his U.S. military plane in 1943 and then spent the following two years as a prisoner of war after washing up behind Japanese enemy lines.

"Unbroken" will star Jack O'Connell as Zamperini.

The screenplay is being fine-tuned by Joel and Ethan Coen.

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